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Old February 18th, 2013, 01:41 PM   #21
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At the other side of the river, there is the Deusto university, founded by the jesuits. It was built in 1886.





The Iberdrola tower, headquearters of this important basque energetic company, the largest energy group in Spain, and one of the largest in Europe. It's 165 metres tall and was made by César Pelli. Inaugurated in 2011.



Artklass building, recently built, a real pastiche...



Tongue shape entry to the tower.









I entered but i was immediately expelled...









Euskalduna palace, a Conference Centre and
Concert Hall. 1999.



Tree forest, artistic group of lamps.









Sea museum of Bilbao, and the crane Carola, from the 50's.





Industruak building of the 20's, it was a military factory, with a big tiger.



And finally the Guggenheim museum seen from Deusto bridge.



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Old February 18th, 2013, 09:37 PM   #22
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The old city is the original part of Bilbao, in fact 7 streets (zazpi kalea, in euskera). Narrow streets, all the buildings with the same height, very homogeneus.



Bidebarrieta library, built in 1888.



José de Mazarredo palace, admiral and minister with José Bonaparte during the french invasion.





Little neoclassic fountain known as the Dog fountain, made in 1800.



Santiago cathedral.



The cathedral and Santiago square.







14th and 15th gothic church.









Little cloister of the early 16th century.











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Old February 19th, 2013, 11:46 AM   #23
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The south gate of the cathedral has a really bic porch, designed to host meetings and the market in a very rainy city.





15th century gate.



A Bilbao shield.



Another gate, early 16th century.







Suddenly a wild hailstorm appeared!





The apse of the cathedral.



Simón Bolívar lived in this house.



Santos Juanes church, 17th century.











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Old February 20th, 2013, 01:47 PM   #24
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It's raining again... and the sun is going... I arrive to a Miguel de Unamuno square.



Stairs and Archeological Museum.



Unamuno scultpure, and Basque Museum.





4 elements fountain. "Haizea" means wind in basque.







The New Square is close to here. Neoclassic, built in 1786, castilian style.







San Nicolás church, at left and the top, an old elevator.



It's a baroque church, 1756.





This is the first headquarters of BBVA, one of Bilbao's most important institutions, 2nd biggest bank of Spain and one of the biggest in Europe.



The BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria) was founded in 1856, the building was inaugurated in 1868, it's a french style palace.



The bank and the church, two of the main powers!



Allende palace, 16th century, nowadays a shop.



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Old February 20th, 2013, 03:21 PM   #25
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Amazing pictures
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Old February 20th, 2013, 07:09 PM   #26
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Thanks, specially from someone who lives there!
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Old February 20th, 2013, 08:21 PM   #27
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Super tour - the city looks great. Nice hailstorm too haha. Reminds me of March/April showers in Britain.
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Old February 21st, 2013, 10:57 AM   #28
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Thanks Mike! There are a lot of pics to come!
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 02:34 PM   #29
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More old city streets.



Basque Museum courtyard, an old cloister of a church.



In the museum I missed more traditions of Euskadi. Basque pelota, aizkolaris (a competition of chopping down trees), segalaris (a competition of mowing cereals), the irrintxi (typical basque shout), etc... This is another sport, raising heavy stones.



A big mockup of Bizkaia.





There is a open fronton! But they weren't playing basque pelota (in basque pelota they hit the ball directly with the hand), they were using rackets.



Múgica Institute, 1917.





This was the house of Pichichi, a football player of Athletic de Bilbao of the 20's. Nowadays, "Pichichi" is the name of the most goals award of the spanish football league.



John palace.





The main facade of the palace.





Beautiful Arana palace, a 16th renaissance palace.







Just another house.



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Old February 22nd, 2013, 02:51 PM   #30
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Great stuff as usual!
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 03:57 PM   #31
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The older part of Bilbao seems very ornate, solid, classy.

The plaza is in neoclassic style as you said and I remember seeing one similar in San Sebastian. Is this castillian style because the castillians brought this idea of a central plaza to the Basques as they did to their colonies, or did a central focalpoint, another type of plaza exist and still exists in Basque culture? Hope you understand what i'm asking? Thanks for showing this side of the city.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 04:30 PM   #32
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Yes, I understand what you're saying. It's a tipology of square typical in Castille, and exported to many places: "Plaza Mayor", where the events happened: market, bullfighting, the spanish Inquisition acts... In fact Bilbao was founded by the kingdom of Castille in the 14th century, the foundation was signed in Valladolid. The same as most of Vizcaya villages.

However, in Andalucía there are not that kind of squares... just one in Córdoba. In América are neither usual.
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Ok, but wasn't the plaza mayor plan applied in the Spanish colonies, they were the nucleus of the city were they not? Maybe not looking like the one in Bilbao with arcaded loggias surrounding an open area, but as the focalpoint of the city nonetheless; the Agora or Forum of colonial spanish towns if you will?

And so the Basques didn't have this tradition of a main square before the castillians applied it?
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 07:59 PM   #34
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Ok, but wasn't the plaza mayor plan applied in the Spanish colonies, they were the nucleus of the city were they not? Maybe not looking like the one in Bilbao with arcaded loggias surrounding an open area, but as the focalpoint of the city nonetheless; the Agora or Forum of colonial spanish towns if you will?
Yes, the plaza mayor as the central point of the city yes But in american colonies is different, with massive size, real influence of the precolombian squares around the temples.

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And so the Basques didn't have this tradition of a main square before the castillians applied it?
Euskadi belongs to Castille (Alava and Vizcaya) or Navarra since the early middle ages, so... but not, I think there wasn't a main square tradition in Euskadi, at least as a porched square previously designed, yes a square as a clear space with houses buildings around it.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 10:30 PM   #35
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As I went in carnival I had the luck of meeting a classic of Bilbao, Gargantua. It's a hungry giant doll, in fact a sledge.





In the "Plaza Nueva" a traditional show with giants and "cabezudos".









Let's get back to Unamuno square, the stairs. Because it was raining a lot and I just wanted to refuge in the hotel... and i suddenly thought "ey, if I go up that stairs I'll get to the hotel!"



When I turn the corner... more stairs. Oh, oh...



I'm going up so much...



WTF? Is that a grave? I'm maybe getting into another dimension? the twilight zone?



How the hell can be a stairs (311 stairs in fact!) starting in an old city square, that arrives to the countryside!



But ey, it's a good viewpoint...



BBVA tower.



Isozaki and Iberdrola tower.



Eey that's the elevator!





Old city.



New sport pavilion in Miribilla.



Plaza nueva and the cathedral's tower.



My hotel is one of that buildings that are looking to the river!



Finally a panoramic. But there are a lot pics left of the expansion of the city.



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Old February 25th, 2013, 12:29 AM   #36
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Let's have a walk in the city expansion, a second century expansion. In red, the old city. In blue, the example.



This is the Circle square or España square.



And here it is the BBVA tower.



Don Diego López de Haro memorial, who signed in Valladolid in 1300 the foundation of Bilbao.



The BBVA tower was the highest building in Bilbao, built in 1969, with 81 meters. At the pic, also a "fosterito", the iconic entries to the Bilbao underground, designed by Norman Foster.



Gran Vía Lope de Haro, with beautiful buildings of the late 19th and early 20th century.



Bank of Spain, 1922



The first headquarter of BBVA bank was in the old city, the BBVA tower is the actual one, and this is the 2nd headquarter, built in 1918.



Mercurio sculpture.



Provincial Council of Vizcaya palace, late 19th century.







And a sculpture of John Adams, 2nd USA president. The word of John Adams about the vasques: "This extraordinary people have preserved their ancient language, genius, laws, government and manners without innovation, longer than any other nation in Europe".



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Old February 25th, 2013, 01:06 AM   #37
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beautiful photos, thank you! bilbao look a bit like a german city
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Old February 25th, 2013, 10:41 AM   #38
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Some buildings yes Thanks LuckyLuke!
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Old February 25th, 2013, 06:49 PM   #39
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Moyua square, aka Eliptic square, the reale city centre of Bilbao.


Carlton Hotel, 1919-1926, the most hystorical hotel in Bilbao.



Inside, pic by Javier Mediavilla, from Wikipedia.





Iberdrola tower, located in Euskadi square.



Chávarri palace.



It's a "neoflemish" palace, very ornated and colourful. It was built in 1888 as a palace for a rich family, nowadays it's an official building.



Iberdrola tower from Moyua.





Montero house, modernism, 1902.







Unamuno school.



And suddenly I found a little modernist building, weird to see such building in Bilbao!





Guridi building, early 20th century.









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Lovely, very ornate and beautiful buildings.
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